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Why Home Trash Audits Are Important

By Vicki Patterson

According to the EPA, the average person generates 4.51 pounds of waste per day. The purpose of the activity is to help see where you can improve and reduce your trash.

It's good to get to know your trash so you can figure out the types of waste you’re creating.


Below are 5 reasons why we like to start with a home audit in your low to zero waste journey!


  1. Identifying Waste and Inefficiencies: Conducting a home audit allows you to assess where resources like energy, water, and materials are being wasted. This can include identifying unnecessary use of plastics, excessive energy consumption, or inefficient water usage.

  2. Cost Savings: By identifying areas of waste and inefficiency, home audits can lead to cost savings. For example, reducing energy usage or water consumption can lower utility bills. Similarly, cutting down on disposable items like single-use plastics can save money in the long run.

  3. Environmental Impact: Home audits help reduce your environmental footprint. By minimizing waste and conserving resources, such as reducing plastic use and opting for reusable alternatives, you can contribute to mitigating environmental issues like pollution and resource depletion.

  4. Promoting Sustainable Practices: Conducting a home audit encourages sustainable living practices. It raises awareness about the impact of daily choices on the environment and encourages individuals to make more eco-friendly decisions, such as choosing reusable products over disposable ones.

  5. Personal Accountability: Home audits empower individuals to take responsibility for their environmental impact. It provides a tangible way to track progress towards sustainability goals and encourages continuous improvement in reducing waste and conserving resources.


Once you’ve gone through your trash, you know which are the biggest offenders. You can now focus on eliminating those from your life.

It’s always best to start eliminating what you’re throwing away the most because you’ll make the most impact and see a noticeable difference, which is gratifying.


Will you conduct a trash audit anytime soon? Let us know in the comments below!

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